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When the proprietor of their favorite food truck is murdered, Shawn and Gus take it about as poorly as you might expect from two fans of delicious flavor, in a new scene from next week’s Psych.

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In the episode, titled “Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up,” the pair are called to a scene where a number of food trucks are gathered, providing them a ready list of competitors to be suspects in a twist on the typical convention of having the murder take place at work or a professional gathering where all of the players are present.

From the preview photos, you can see that the duo take over one of the trucks in the course of the investigation–a perfect setting to give the pair a lot of alone time to discuss the revelations of last episode as they gear up for the series’ endgame ahead of its March 26 finale.

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Hey Austin! Burton Casting (www.burtoncasting.com) is casting duos for Food Network’s new competition show Food Truck Faceoff! Win a 1 year lease on your very own food truck! We are casting in Austin February 5th so apply asap!

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Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your very own Food Truck? Do you have the passion, talent and the drive? Do you wish you just had the means to finally do it? Do you have a great idea for a food truck in your area and the best recipes to make it a success? This could be your chance to finally make your dreams come true.

FOOD TRUCK FACE OFF puts 4 teams of 2 in a head-to-head battle to win their own FOOD TRUCK! The winner of each episode will win a one-year lease of their very first food truck!! We are looking for teams of two from all walks of life who haven’t owned a food truck or a restaurant before. We’re looking for home chefs, line cooks, prep cooks, foodies, bakers, recent culinary grads, etc. The teams should be duos with great chemistry and a shared desire to co-own their very first food truck. FOOD TRUCK NEWBIES ONLY!!!! 

Austin Auditions will be on February 5th, 2014.

To apply, please visit www.foodtruckfaceofftv.com

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NEW YORK, NY - Attention, Downton Abbey aficionados: Tighten your corsets and ready your bow ties, because you have a high tea to attend.

Downton Abbey Food Truck

COURTESY MEGHAN SHERWIN

We won’t be reuniting with the Crawleys until next month, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come in Season 4 this week. According to Variety, PBS is sending a Downton Abbey tea truck out onto the streets of New York City.

The vehicle will be making several stops in Manhattan throughout the week, offering free crumpets, hot tea and photos with a backdrop of Highclere Castle. Unfortunately, N.Y.C. is the only place on this side of the pond the truck plans to stop.

Fans outside New York can still raise a cup to the costume drama’s return by purchasing one of The Republic of Tea’s special Downton brews or—for something with a little more kick—a bottle of Downton Abbey Bordeuex wine. Just remember: Pinkies up.

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Do you have a great idea that would make an amazing and fun food truck business in your area & the best recipes to make it a success? This could be your chance to win your very own food truck and a jump start to a money making food truck business, but first you have to compete and win in this new fun reality TV series for Food Network!

Food Truck Face Off Logo

“FOOD TRUCK FACE OFF” puts 4 teams in a head-to-head battle to win their own FOOD TRUCK! The winner of each episode will win a one-year lease of their very first food truck!! We are looking for teams of two from all walks of life who haven’t owned a food truck or a restaurant before. We’re looking for home chefs, line cooks, prep cooks, foodies, bakers, recent culinary grads, or even a natural in the kitchen with a great recipe idea, etc. The teams should be fun duos with great chemistry and a shared desire to co-own their very first food truck. FOOD TRUCK ROOKIES ONLY!!!!

We are casting in Miami, Los Angeles, Austin and Toronto. Don’t miss out! APPLY NOW!

AUDITION DATES:

Miami Auditions are November 23-24
LA Auditions are November 26-27
Toronto Auditions are TBD
Austin Auditions are TBD

To apply, please visit http://www.foodtruckfaceofftv.com

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tyler-florenceEven though he’s never operated a food truck of his own, Food Network’s Tyler Florence knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it work. He’s the host of the network’s Great Food Truck Race, which will be premiering its fourth season Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. This season, eight teams will fight for the grand prize of $50,000 as well as their very own food truck. The first challenge will have them selling their signature dish in Beverly Hills, Calif., for $20 each, and the second will bring them to San Francisco, where they’ll be selling a different dish; whoever sells the least over the two challenges will be sent home.

“This is hands-down the best race we ever had,” Florence told us. We had some really talented chefs with good food ideas, practicing their craft.”

The competitors have challenges thrown at them along the way as well, but they’re not just ones that are chosen at random. “We only give them well-researched problems that you can bump into when you run a food truck,” Florence said. “We want to make sure they they’re vetted, that they’re smart and hungry, and that they’re better than their competitors. It’s really like a boot camp for them, and it’s always amazing to watch them grow and learn over the course of the competition.”

The show has done a great job of tapping into the zeitgeist of this burgeoning food truck phenomenon, which has taken over the country in recent years, but when it first premiered, Florence was met with a lot of skepticism. “Folks initially were telling me that they just didn’t understand; why would we want to do a show about the trucks that are near construction sites? But we’ve seen it become a huge trend, and a great way to celebrate local entrepreneurs,” he added.

Find the entire interview  by Dan Myers at TheDailyMeal.com <here>

Join us Sunday, August 18 at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT on Twitter #FoodTruckChat

We’ll be discussing the first episode of The Great Food Truck Race as it debuts…LIVE!!!

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Kevin Sbraga - top chefKevin Sbraga, the New Jersey native, ”Top Chef” winner and Philadelphia restaurateur, is hoping to add food personality to his resume: The Willingboro native has shot a pilot for his own food show in which he plays a Robert Irvine-type troubleshooter for problem food trucks. The title is — drumroll, please — “Get Trucked.”

The pilot will air Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. on the “Cooking Channel.”

No word yet on whether the show will be picked up.

Though Sbraga has done his time on his father’s lunch truck, today his dishes are much more upscale than typical food truck fare. His eponymous restaurant, which opened on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts in 2011, features seasonal Modern American fare with global influences, such as his calamari with black yucc and salsa verde, roast pork with provolone bread pudding, and curry tapioca pudding.

Find the original article by Vicki Hyman at The Star-Ledger  <here>

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FOOD NETWORK TYLER FLORENCE

Tyler Florence, host of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network)

NEW YORK, NY - The Great Food Truck Race kicks off season four with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls, who hit the road for the longest route in series history (4,181 miles) and exciting culinary challenges that celebrate the country’s national landmarks from the Hollywood sign to South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial to Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. These competitors are not current food truck operators — they are eight teams of talented cooks with unique concepts and a dream to one day operate their own food truck business. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 18(th) at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

“We love the world of food trucks because they’ve opened up a low cost entryway for aspiring culinary talent to succeed without a traditional restaurant,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Our competitors have to demonstrate top-notch cooking abilities and an entrepreneur’s creativity and business skills. It all makes for a food-filled road trip that delivers a life-changing grand prize to the winner.”

The season’s teams are: Aloha Plate (Los Angeles, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii), Boardwalk Breakfast Empire (Sea Bright, N.J.), Bowled and Beautiful (Los Angeles), Frankfootas (New York), Murphy’s Spud Truck (Los Angeles), Philly’s Finest Sambonis (Philadelphia), The Slide Show (Los Angeles) and Tikka Tikka Taco (St. Louis).

In the season premiere, host Tyler Florence greets the eight teams in Los Angeles under the iconic Hollywood sign, and each team sees their custom-made truck for the first time. For their first challenge, he sends them to posh Beverly Hills for a contest in upscale sales: each team can only sell one signature dish on their menu — but that dish must be sold for at least $20 each. Tyler and the teams then head 380 miles north to San Francisco, where the trucks must pick a different signature dish to sell exclusively. The team that earns the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home. The route then sends the trucks to Portland, Pocatello, Idaho; Rapid City, S.D.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago, featuring guest stars Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legendary football coach Mike Ditka; and Washington D.C., where the life-changing grand prize is awarded in the season finale.

For even more Food Trucks, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodTrucks for photo galleries, blogs and video clips.

The Great Food Truck Race is produced by Relativity Television.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.5 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.

SOURCE: Food Network

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reality wantedLOS ANGELES, CA - Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your very own Food Truck? Do you have the passion, talent and the drive to draw crowds? Do you have a great idea and the best recipes to make your Food Truck concept a success? If so, this could be your chance to make your dreams come true.

Producers are currently casting in the Los Angeles area. We’re looking for home chefs, line cooks, prep cooks, foodies, bakers, recent culinary grads, etc. Teams should be duos with great chemistry and a shared desire to co-own their very first food truck. FOOD TRUCK NEWBIES ONLY!!!! We only want teams who have not previously owned either a food truck or a restaurant before. If you and a friend dream of owning your own Food Truck and have the talent and ambition to run your own business, this could be your chance. The winning team might just win a one-year lease for their very own truck!!

Opens: 3/28/2013

Closes: 4/15/2013

Interested candidates should download an application here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30861643/FoodTruckApplication.doc and send to casting(at)thebrunchstore(dot)com along with a photo of the two of you. The application includes instructions on how to submit a video audition. The link to this audition should also be included in the email. In-person Auditions will be in Los Angeles the first week of May.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – “Nonna’s Kitchenette” (meaning “Grandma’s Little Kicthen,”) an Italian food truck that placed SECOND during Season 3 of The Food Network’s TV series “The Great Food Truck Race,” has launched as a new Italian food truck company based in Los Angeles. Nonna’s Kitchenette will make its debut to the public November 2-4, in Las Vegas, at the “Las Vegas Foodie Fest” being held at the Silverton Casino.

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Following those dates, the new truck will appear throughout Los Angeles at several locations. These include: Freddy’s Food Court on 11/7 (Workman High School, City of Industry, from 5:00–9:00 pm;) Southbay DinDinAGoGo on 11/8 (Narbonne High School, Hawthorne, from 5:30–9:30 pm,) and Food Truck Night on 11/9 (Melrose Elementary School, Los Angeles, from 6:00–8:30pm).

Lisa Nativo, Owner of Nonna’s Kitchenette, who dreamed up the concept behind the truck, and brought that concept to life by competing in “The Great Food Truck Race” alongside her two best friends, made the announcement.

As the only complete “rookies” in the food industry, Nativo and her two colleagues/fellow New Jersey-born women Jaclyn Kolsby and Jessica Stambach, gallantly competed throughout “The Great Food Truck Race” contest, by traveling 3,600 miles– from Long Beach, CA, to Lubec, Maine — where they finished in second place during the show’s season 3 finale. Having to hand in the keys to their dream truck (the prize awarded for the team that won the race,) Nativo, Kolsby and Stambach were determined not to say goodbye forever to a business they fell in love with. “That simply was not an option,” Nativo says.

With a major passion for this new adventure, Nativo and Kolsby will be launching Nonna’s Kitchenette in Los Angeles with hopes of expanding the business to the East Coast by early 2013. An updated version of the Nonna’s Kitchenette brick red food truck, featuring the company’s stylized logo, an “Italian Grandma,” will be unveiled for the first time to the public in Las Vegas on November 2nd during the “Foodie Fest” there, prior to touring across Los Angeles.

ABOUT NONNA’S KITCHENETTE:

Fueled by decades of friendship, fresh ingredients and the flavors they love, the three women behind Nonna’s Kitchenette combined their inspiration from their grandmothers’ Italian recipes, with their own passion for homemade cooking, entrepreneurial spirit, and business savvy, to present modern dishes featuring Italian flavors everyone knows and loves.

 “We’ve put a gourmet street food twist on our Nonnas’ classic dishes and created unique menu items inspired by Italian ingredients we love most,” said Nativo.

What began as a dream was brought to life by passion, dedication and creativity, and has unfolded into an amazing company the women are extremely proud of.

Among Nonna’s Kitchenette’s homemade favorites: sweet basil & fontina meatball sliders, gourmet risotto balls, loaded Italian grilled cheese, and sweet treats like maple glazed french toast crostinis with vanilla bean mascarpone whipped cream, pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookie) and gelato sandwiches, and other fresh baked Italian treats.

“So here we are… best friends, waking up every morning doing something we’ve always loved, together. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to be sharing our dream with the world, and thankful for everyone who has become a part of the Nonna’s Kitchenette family. No one ever leaves hungry in our families so, Mangia Mangia!” Nativo concludes.

(NOTE: To follow the journey and special announcements surrounding the launch of the Nonna’s Kitchenette food truck, visit Twitter @nonnaskitchenet or Facebook at www.facebook.com/nonnaskitchenette 

Booking information, truck locations and truck menu can be found at the company’s website:  www.nonnaskitchenette.com

 

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